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B.C. Ferries stop service to Haida Gwaii amid COVID-related staff shortages

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Key takeaways: 

  • Service on the Northern Adventure is discontinued till at least Friday morning.
  • Numerous sailings of the Northern Adventure have been revoked due to COVID-related staff shortages.

B.C. Ferries have stopped service between Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii after several workers tested positive for COVID-19, stopping passengers and goods from getting between the mainland and the archipelago.

Sailings on the Northern Adventure between Prince Rupert on the region’s northwest coast and Skidegate in Haida Gwaii have been revoked from April 24 to early Friday morning, April 29.

Sailings from Bella Bella in the region’s central coast area, and Port Hardy on the northeastern tip of Vancouver Island, have also been impacted. 

B.C. Ferries says they intend to make cargo runs from Prince Rupert to Haida Gwaii to cart basic supplies on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

John Camp and his wife are in Prince Rupert and trying to get home to Masset, a fishing town in Haida Gwaii. 

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B.C. Ferries have stopped service between Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii after several workers tested positive for COVID-19

Camp’s wife mourned a severe ankle injury on Easter Sunday and had to be medically evacuated to Prince George.

After she underwent an operation, they tried to get on a ferry Sunday evening, but the sailing was revoked. They have been staying at a Prince Rupert hotel ever since.

Camp says he’s usually been pleased with B.C. Ferries’ service but he questions why it wasn’t better organized for the potential of COVID-related staff shortages. 

“It’s striking us hard because it appears like the corporation didn’t have any backup plan, and from our view, they still don’t have a plan on how they’re going to deal with this problem,” he said.

Camp says they are still unsure how to get home, but they have reserved a seaplane for Friday morning. If they take the flight, they’re unclear when their vehicle makes it home, carrying the equipment required for her recovery.  

Source – cbc.ca

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